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O.G. Yardbird

OG Yardbird Recipe

You really can never go wrong with some classic chicken. This glaze looks amazing, thanks for the recipe, “Smokin’ Willy T”!


  • Tyson Whole Chicken
  • Heath Riles Everyday Rub
  • Heath Riles Honey Chipotle Rub
  • Daigels Applewood Jalapeno Sauce
  • Daigels Apple Heat Glaze


  • Preheat O.G. to 350*.
  • Spatchcock chicken pulling back the skin from the breast to season.
  • Spray olive oil and apply Heath Riles everyday rub first coat, the apply Heath Riles Chipotle rub on top of that.
  • Place bird in pit and mist with apple juice when needed.
  • When bird hits 160 apply Daigels Jalapeno sauce and let set for 10-15 in pit.
  • After 10-15 apply glaze and let set for 10 mins in pit.
  • Let bird rest for 20 mins.
  • Enjoy your O.G. yard bird…

What Is a Yardbird?

Yardbird is another name for a chicken. It’s an especially popular word in the South, possibly because chickens were birds that would forage in the yard. In the military, basic trainees were called yardbirds during World War II, likely because they spent a lot of time in the yard. Throughout history, this word has popped up to mean different things, but here in the USA, it’s a fun, alternative name for chicken.

How to Choose a Whole Chicken for the Grill

Look for a plump chicken that does not have a strong, obvious scent. Press the breastbone and choose a chicken with pliable meat there. Your whole chicken should be moist and not dried out, with the breast plumper and larger than the leg. The skin should not be spotted or transparent.

Why Make the O.G. Yardbird?

This recipe is for a whole grilled chicken, and if you’ve never grilled a whole chicken before, you’re in for a treat. When you grill or BBQ a whole chicken, you enjoy:

  • Crispy skin and tender, juicy meat
  • An incredible presentation that’ll make you look like a grill master
  • A great option for anyone who is keto or paleo
  • Leftovers for salads or sandwiches the next day (if everything’s not gobbled up)
  • The fact that everyone at your barbecue gets the part of the chicken they love best, whether that’s drumstick, breast or another part
  • A healthy way to make chicken, since grilling doesn’t require added oils
  • Incredible flavor, since the seasonings mix with the smokiness of the grill and the fat of the chicken
  • A cooking option for parties, cookouts, dinner, lunch or anytime

Serving Your O.G. Yardbird

When serving, make sure the cooked chicken does not touch any areas where the raw chicken was placed. Serve the food piping-hot.

You can serve your barbecue chicken whole for a dramatic look, or you can carve it and serve it ready to eat. You can even grill your chicken and then use it to make sandwiches or add it to salads and other dishes. This recipe goes great with white wine, sparkling water, beer and just about any drink. Sweet tea is a great accompaniment.

Chicken off the grill is delicious on its own, but it also pairs beautifully with smoked potatoes, fries, green salad, mac and cheese, sweet potato salad, corn on the cob, chips, bread, rolls or any other side dish you like.

Once everyone has been served, make sure you put away leftovers promptly. Not only is this important so you can enjoy them the next day, but it’s crucial for food safety, too. To help make your yardbird epic, shop Grilla Grills online for the accessories you need and the perfect grill.

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